The Charles Henderson softball came into Tuesday’s double-header against Carroll looking to get its offense together.
And that is exactly what it did.
The Trojans, who lost to Eufaula 1-0 on Monday, exploded in both games against the Eagles, winning 15-2 in the first and 12-0 in the second.
“These games were all about building confidence,” head coach Chad Lapp said Tuesday evening.
“We are seeing this team steadily improve – which is what we wanted to see with Area play coming up.
The two wins also did something else for CHHS – get the Trojans back to .500 ball.
“That is huge for us,” the coach said.
“It’s been a while since we have been at this point. Now, we need to continue to improve and not be satisfied with what we have so far.”
CHHS is now 13-13 on the season, as the two wins snapped a two game losing streak.
In the first game, the team got off to a good start thanks to the pitching and hitting of Courtney Wood.
In the bottom of the first, after Taylor Smartt was able to get on base and score thanks to several Eagle errors, Wood came up and hit a home run to give the Trojans a 2-1 lead.
That would be all CHHS needed as it turned out, as Wood would not allow a run the rest of the game, pitching a complete game for the victory.
The belted 21 hits in the game, as Smartt would finish 4-4 with a two doubles, a triple and a single, and also scored four runs.
Wood finished 3-3 with a home run, a double, a triple and two RBIs.
Jauqeja Booker also went deep for the Trojans, knocking a two-run shot in the second inning.
“Against Eufaula, we faced a pitcher that is on the collegiate level,” Lapp said after the first game.
“But (Tuesday), the girls did a good job of adjusting and found the ball and hit it well.”
Not much changed from the first to the second game.
Hannah Fountain took the mound for the Trojans and completely shut down the Eagles, pitching all three innings and not allowing one hit in the victory. Like the first game, CHHS got off to a fast start, scoring three quick runs in the first thanks to Carroll miscues.
After a Wood walk, Olivia Hudson would follow by hitting a two-out double driving in Wood. Hudson and Fountain would score later in the inning thanks to two Carroll errors.
In the second inning, the Trojans would bat around the line up and in the process, explode for nine runs.
After a 1-2-3 top of the third inning, the 10-run rule ended the game.
Smartt finished the second game going 2-3 with three RBIs while Rebecca Hartley finished 1-2 with an RBI a walk and two runs scored. Like Smartt, Hudson also finished 2-3 with three RBIs.
Up next for the Trojans is a road game at Opp high School on Thursday followed by another road game against Enterprise on Friday.